I need some help choosing a graphics card for this setup!

I'm trying to get a really nice graphics card for under $200. I'm going to need it from a website that does next day shipping, as I will probably order it tomorrow. This is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ga37 I can't go over $900 TOTAL (including the OS I'm getting a little cheaper for $75), since I'll have to spend quite a bit for overnight shipping.
I'm looking for one that can play games like Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Sleeping Dogs at maxed (or close) settings. I'm hoping to use dual monitors, one running Skyrim or something and the other having FRAPS, Skype, or Audacity up and running (not sure it if requires 2GB of memory then. I most likely won't be playing such demanding games, mostly TF2 and Minecraft, but I'd like to have the option to be able to.
I really can't spend more than $200, only probably $10 over if needed.
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  1. Here is an XFX Radeon HD 6950 on sale for only $200

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150548

    There's also a newer model HIS 7850 for about the same price:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

    MSI 560 Ti for $200

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127616
  2. Just looking at your part list, why not get DDR3 1600 instead of DDR3 1333? Also, since you picked out the 2500k that means that you'd be interested in overclocking, which means you'll need an after market CPU cooler. If you're not interested in overclocking save yourself some money and get the i5-2500 or i5-3550. I'd go with a more reliable power supply than that, how's this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
  3. The motherboard you picked doesn't match the CPU. I'd suggest z68/z77 chipsets, not H61.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z68mag45b3

    mark4685 is right, get DDR3-1600 RAM instead, they cost the same.

    Also, don't get that power supply. Stick with quality brands: Antec, Seasonic, FSP, Corsair, XFX.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Lastly, I'd really suggest getting a larger monitor, they aren't much more expensive (like only $10 more expensive).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009365

    As for graphics card, I'd go with HIS Radeon HD 7850. It's the fastest you can get for the price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405
  4. only card in ur range is the is the amd 7850 and at the default speed of 860 mhz. If u wait a bit longer maybe nvidia will release 650ti or 650. remember with 2 gb ram. avoid 6950 or 560 as these r old series now.
  5. mark4685 said:
    Just looking at your part list, why not get DDR3 1600 instead of DDR3 1333? Also, since you picked out the 2500k that means that you'd be interested in overclocking, which means you'll need an after market CPU cooler. If you're not interested in overclocking save yourself some money and get the i5-2500 or i5-3550. I'd go with a more reliable power supply than that, how's this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028


    I chose the 2500K because I was getting locally at Microcenter in the Twin Cities, seeing as it's only $160 there. I can't go any higher than that for the processor. I switched the RAM and the power supply but I don't have much breathing room with the CPU seeing as I want to get a little more expensive GPU.
  6. Sunius said:
    The motherboard you picked doesn't match the CPU. I'd suggest z68/z77 chipsets, not H61.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z68mag45b3

    mark4685 is right, get DDR3-1600 RAM instead, they cost the same.

    Also, don't get that power supply. Stick with quality brands: Antec, Seasonic, FSP, Corsair, XFX.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Lastly, I'd really suggest getting a larger monitor, they aren't much more expensive (like only $10 more expensive).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009365

    As for graphics card, I'd go with HIS Radeon HD 7850. It's the fastest you can get for the price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405


    Thanks for the advice. I switched over to the new RAM, mobo, and power supply. I mainly was getting most of my parts because they had a pretty good price at my local Microcenter.
  7. Here's an updated pcpartpicker link, is this fine?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/galT
  8. I see. Any idea where I can find prices for that microcenter? I may be able to find better deals.
  9. Sunius said:
    I see. Any idea where I can find prices for that microcenter? I may be able to find better deals.


    Just go to microcenter.com and then make the Twin Cities (MN/Minnesota) store your store, it'll show all the latest deals and such.
    I edited my post to say I can't spend more than $900 or so TOTAL because of my limited budget.
    Thanks for being so helpful :D
  10. Also, can you buy from other shops like Newegg/NCIX? I cannot find good deals on the power supply unit or the motherboard.

    I found a nice monitor though:
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/395909/IL225DBB_22_Widescreen_LED_Monitor
  11. Sunius said:
    Also, can you buy from other shops like Newegg/NCIX? I cannot find good deals on the power supply unit or the motherboard.

    I found a nice monitor though:
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/395909/IL225DBB_22_Widescreen_LED_Monitor


    Yeah I'd be able to buy from any website, just that it has overnight shipping available, I want to finish this build this coming week.
  12. If you can get some parts cheaper (like CPU for $160), you could fit in $900 budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.75 @ Amazon)
    Total: $957.20
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 14:16 EDT-0400)
  13. Sunius said:
    If you can get some parts cheaper (like CPU for $160), you could fit in $900 budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.75 @ Amazon)
    Total: $957.20
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 14:16 EDT-0400)


    Thanks for being so helpful! Would I be able to pick up some parts, other than the CPU, at Microcenter? Pcpartpicker doesn't show me any local prices at Microcenter so I have to look up each part individually.
  14. Well, you could get a monitor I picked earlier for $25 less, and I didn't see whether there was cheaper memory/hard drive. However, there's nothing else apart those.
  15. Sunius said:
    If you can get some parts cheaper (like CPU for $160), you could fit in $900 budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.75 @ Amazon)
    Total: $957.20
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 14:16 EDT-0400)


    I know you've done a lot already but do you know a way to cut around $50 off of this build without sacrificing a lot of performance and such? I'm cutting really close to my max and I was hoping for some extra cash to buy some games.
  16. Well, you don't have to buy the CPU cooler right off the start, you can always buy it later. You might also not need a DVD drive (I know I used it only once on my PC, which was only when I installed windows). Sacrificing on anything else will most certainly cause you to lose performance...
  17. Sunius said:
    Well, you don't have to buy the CPU cooler right off the start, you can always buy it later. You might also not need a DVD drive (I know I used it only once on my PC, which was only when I installed windows). Sacrificing on anything else will most certainly cause you to lose performance...


    Ok thanks. I'm not really planning to overclock now, if ever.
  18. If you arent going to OC< then dont buy a K series CPU. Also why pay for overnight shipping? NewEgg is 2-3 days max anywhere in the country. And generally free or damn near it. Overnighting PC parts is dumb.
  19. ^
    He gets a huge discount with 2500k. It's still worth getting it because in the future he might just overclock instead of upgrading.
  20. If you are truly never going to OC (Think about that because in a year or so, it'd be a good way to get a performance increase without buying new parts), you could go with the i5-3450 for $10 less that the 2500K ( http://www.microcenter.com/product/388579/Core_i5_3450_31GHz_LGA_1155_Processor ) and then you could just use the stock cooler.

    That's a $40 savings with no real impact on stock performance (but a major loss on overclocked performance).
  21. subasteve5800 said:
    If you are truly never going to OC (Think about that because in a year or so, it'd be a good way to get a performance increase without buying new parts), you could go with the i5-3450 for $10 less that the 2500K ( http://www.microcenter.com/product/388579/Core_i5_3450_31GHz_LGA_1155_Processor ) and then you could just use the stock cooler.

    That's a $40 savings with no real impact on stock performance (but a major loss on overclocked performance).


    I just don't like the fact that if I overclock those parts last less than keeping it at stock/regular.
  22. Well, look at it this way. If you have the parts for 3 years, they get outdated. You have two choices: replace the CPU with a newer one or overclock it. Overclocking it will make it last 15 years more instead of 20 years more, and if you replace it, you'd still be losing it.
  23. sinus. m curious about this. why r u suggesting Latvianxpert XFX 1 gb graphic card when he is getting the HIS 2 gb version for almost same price. look at his 2nd updated pcpartpicker part list. Just to save 8 dollars and sacrificing 1 gb ram ?? This is strange.
  24. Oh my god I didn't notice it. It's worth going for 2GB since the price gap big at all.
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